Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
HG3423
M10 Tank Destroyer
601st Tank Destroyer Battalion
Volturno River, 1943
Authentic Detailing

Pre-Painted by professionals

Accurate paint colors

Markings Tampo (pad) applied

Fully Assembled

Die-Cast Model

True to Scale (1:72)

Weathering and insignias

Turret turns

Metal turret and main gun

Realistic tracks
In 1943 the US introduced the M10 as a SP anti-tank gun using the carriage of the M4
tank and a 3-inch M7 AA Gun. The British took their M10s and exchanged the 3-inch gun
for the larger 17-pdr that had much better stopping power against the Panther and
Tigers. They added some armor to the turret and named it Achilles. The first modified
tanks went into service in 1944 and by the end of WWII 1,100 of the 1,650 M10s the
British received under the Lend Lease Program became known as Achilles.



The 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion was formed in December 1941 and first deployed to
Europe in 1942. In July 1943 the 601st TDB was re-equipped with the M10. After
capturing Naples the 5th Army reached the Volturno River. This was a German defensive
line meant to act as a delaying tactic to give German forces a chance to withdraw to their
next defensive line. With the M10 dug in to protect the frontal armor they acted as artillery
against the German forces across the river and helped drive the enemy back toward
Rome.



Specifications M10 Tank Destroyer

Country of Origin: USA

Entered Service in: 1942

Crew: 5 (Commander, 3x gun crew, driver).

Dimensions
Height: 2.57 m (8.43 ft)
Length: 6.83 m (22.41 ft) (w/ gun) - 5.97 m (19.6 ft) (w/o gun)
Width: 3.05 m (10 ft)
Weight: 29.6 tonnes
Power/weight: 12.5 hp/tonne

Armour
Hull, up to 51 mm
Turret, up to 57 mm

Armament
Main Armament: M7 3-inch "76.2 mm" Gun - 54 rounds
Secondary Armament: .50 caliber M2 Machine Gun - 300 rounds

Power plant
General Motors Twin Diesel 6-71375 hp (276 kW)

Suspension: vertical volute spring

Performance
Road Speed: 51 km/h  (32 mph)
Range: 300 km  (186 miles)
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